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Firefighters called to Barrington school

Updated: January 24, 2013 2:51PM

BARRINGTON — Firefighters were called to Roslyn Road Elementary School on Tuesday morning due to reports of smoke in classrooms.

An emergency alert notice was sent at 8:09 a.m. for the school, located at 224 Roslyn Road, off Route 59.

Jeff Arnett, chief communications officer for Barrington Unit School District 220, reported that there was no fire or injuries. He said the school’s heating system overheated, which created “an acrid smoke smell in a kindergarten classroom.”

Referencing the frigid temperatures, Arnett attributed the malfunction to a heating system working overtime.

Arnett said there weren’t many students in the building at 8 a.m. School officials moved those who were to another wing of the building after the odor was noticed.

Classes began as scheduled later Tuesday morning.

“The fire department quickly arrived to determine the cause of the smell,” according to the district. “The source was immediately determined and a fire was averted. Roslyn Road is open for students to safely attend today.”

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